ASU Hornets open spring practice

MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama State University's football team held the first of 15 practice sessions Monday with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement as the Hornets look to build on their 2010 SWAC Eastern Division Championship.

"It was a good first day," head coach Reggie Barlow said.  "The guys worked hard and did well on the first day.  It was not hot and we were in helmets so we were able to get some things done."

The Hornets welcomed some new faces on the coaching staff, but Coach Cedric Thornton is back to run the ASU defense and there were not a lot of changes on that side of the ball.

"We wanted to see how much our defensive players retained from last season," Barlow said.  "We have a lot of people back on that side of the ball and the more they retain the more we can jump into other things."

Offensively, ASU put in a few new looks and did some seven-on-seven drills.  ASU also did some special teams drills and worked on becoming a more up tempo team.

The Hornets are actually hitting the practice field four times this week, as next week ASU is on spring break and there will be no practice.  Tomorrow's practice will once again be in helmets and will begin at 3 p.m.

The Hornets will conclude their spring practice on Saturday, April 16 with the Black and Gold Spring Game at 2 p.m.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University Athletics